Egyptian woman call for harsher punishment for abuse

Women in highly populated Egyptian cities are often abused especially on crowded buses.

Egyptian woman call for harsher punishment for abuse

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of women in Egypt are campaigning to toughen the punishments for physical and verbal abuse towards women.

According to a new plan proposed by ministers, punishments for such abuse include a minimum one-year prison sentence and a fine of US$1400.

However, womens' organizations have said that the punishment is not enough and need to go further.

The National Parliament of Egyptian Women director Izze Heykel pointed out that the plan presented to the ministers' council was much different to that which was presented to the Presidential Office.

She said the current plan will not be effective in achieving its aim to prevent harm to women.

Newin Ubeyd, who is a member of the 'New Woman' group, said the new law had not been publicly debated and lacked an input from women.

Women in highly populated Egyptian cities are often abused especially on crowded buses.

Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 17:00
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